CCTV is an extremely effective means of deterring criminals and has, therefore, become the security system of choice for many home and business property owners across the U.K. Just the mere presence of a CCTV system can be enough to deter intruders all together, so it’s an investment worth considering.
With the right system, CCTV can record audio and video capable of accurately identifying individuals. However, whilst many believe that this is enough evidence to provide in court, there are restrictions and rules that must be adhered to.
How can I use CCTV in court?
The first step in obtaining CCTV footage that is admissible in court is to ensure that your system is operating in the first place. By hiring a professional electrical contractor, you will be safe in the knowledge that your system is working correctly and will perform as needed.
The next step is to then be aware of the legality surrounding CCTV on your property to ensure the installation complies with the law. There are several requirements such as being cautious not to invade the privacy of others with your CCTV, i.e. neighbours. You must also have some signage stating that CCTV is in operation if you are recording outside of your property. Every citizen is entitled to use a CCTV camera on their property but ultimately, you must be careful not to infringe on anyone’s rights.
Does CCTV make good evidence?
If your CCTV quality is poor, then you might as well not have it at all. For it to be used as hard evidence in court you will want 1080p, high resolution footage, preferably in colour and if possible, with accompanying audio. Regular checks of your CCTV are also very important, not only will you need to ensure the camera is operating correctly, it must also be pointed in the right direction.
If you are considering introducing CCTV into your property it is advisable that you use a reputable and experienced electrical contractor to ensure your system meets all your security requirements.
Why choose Excelsior Electrical?
Here at Excelsior Electrical Contractors, we have been providing homes and businesses in the North-West with bespoke CCTV solutions for over 20 years. We can take care of the full installation and provide you with advice on which system is most suited to your property.
Our electrical engineers are fully trained, experienced and qualified. It doesn’t matter if we’re installation a small CCTV system for a domestic property, or a large bespoke surveillance system to a block of offices, our team aims to deliver “excellence in every job”.
For more information about our CCTV Surveillance Fitting services, please get in touch with our team at Excelsior Electrical Contractors today.